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money into research about how they affect the environment. >>> snickers will soon have few -- smokers will soon have fewer places to light up. last night, the city approved a tough new ban on smoking places. it also expands the current ordinance in petaluma and that ban includes housing unis and -- units and parks. >>> the state is holding millions of dollars but no one has claimed it. the state has about $14 million in tax refunds but they don't have an address to mail them from. the checks range from $1 to $35,000. if you want to find out -- if you want to find out if you have any unclaimed money, go to ktvu.com click on the web links to find the link to the tax board. >>> all right. it is 7:53. want to check in with tara. see what's happening on the roads. >> reporter: good morning. i was just checking out the chp website. we have a shop sac in the middle of the road -- shop vac in the middle of the road right now. we have a lot of objects in the roadway, traffic cones, deer, what have you. so definitely be careful out there on the roads this morning. right now we're going to take
universities, one a competition for grant money from the u.s. environment protection agency. each student group will be awarded $15,000. san jose state's project involves researching sustainable inexpensive building components. stanford's group wants to develop a low-cost colorrennation device to -- chlorination drinking device. groups will go to washington, d.c. to present their findings and the winner of that competition gets a second grant up to $90,000. >>> local democrats are asking the president to create a new no-drilling ocean preserve in california. the proposed executive order would ban offshore drilling in a 50-mile-long area from sonoma to mend see know county. the "-- men so dino -- mendocino county. lawmakers, including senator barbara boxer, and lin wasly, are spear heading the drive -- lin wasly, are -- lynn woosley, are spearheading the program. >>> there's higher rates from the p.u.c. the city says customers will pay between $11 and $95 more than the previous hike. customers will be able to opt out and have pg&e supply their power again? the operators of the olde
be presented to the city council's transportation and environment committee. >>> the public has been invited to a meeting tonight about the search for a new police chief for san jose. during that meeting, city officials will ask for ideas about what quality should be considered in evaluating candidates for the job. the meeting is due to begin at 67:30 at the mayfair community center. >>> want to check in with tara again. >> there is a new accident on 680 southbound. there is a car blocking the lane there. it doesn't appear to be causing too much of a backup. right now we're gonna head outside and you can see the east shore freeway is pretty much a mess. i have red arrows that about all the way from the bay bridge up to richmond. so different yourself some extra time if you need to head west on interstate 80. up next we'll take a look at the bay bridge toll plaza. you can see there is a lot of traffic here. it's been like this since about 6:00 this morning. give yourself some extra time if you need to head into san francisco. 280 in san jose, the traffic is not looking so great.
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